The other meaningful moment (while recording the new album) was when I was laying the drum track down to "That's My Home".
While tape was rolling, and I was actually laying the track down, I SWEAR I could feel the presence of Louis Prima (the elder)! In my head, I could hear his voice, offering words of encouragement: "Thatta boy!" "You got this, kid!" "Yeaahhhh, that's real nice.. "!!
I nailed the track in one take. When I got up from my kit, I was bathing in my own teardrops. My snare drum was wet, my eyes were swollen, and my cheeks were streaked where the tears had been rolling down my face.
I walked into the control room to absolute silence, as all eyes were upon me. Louis was grinning ear to ear. "What d'ya think?" he asked. At that point I just broke down completely! We all knew it had been NAILED!!! I was spent!
Trembling and sobbing, I excused myself to the upstairs lounge for some "recovery" time.
I felt compelled to call my mother for some reason ... maybe just to share this powerful moment with the one who drove me to drum lessons all those years ago. As soon as she answered, she could hear the trembling in my voice and asked me if I was OK ...
"Yeah, Mom ... I sure am ... and thank you for everything!"
A half hour later, I was still visibly shaking. - AD